HEAD Wines was started in 2006 by Alex Head. It focuses on single site Rhone varietals from the Barossa and Eden Valleys in South Australia.
The ‘House Style’ is one of elegance, freshness, balance and purity of fruit attained by a combination of low yields, early picking, slow-winemaking and careful, gentle attention during maturation.
All vineyards are farmed sustainably using organic principles, yields are low/controlled, grapes are hand-picked, ferments use indigenous yeasts with some retention of stems and maturation is in Burgundian, larger format barrels. Minimal sulphur is used during the whole wine-making process and bottling is without fining or filtration. Each Head Wine not only represents Alex Head's strong views on what makes balanced, drinkable wines but a guarantee of absolute quality, value and consistency.
5 Red Star Winery – Halliday’s Wine Companion
2012 ‘Old Vine’ Grenache - Gold Medal Barossa Wine Show
2012 ‘The Contrarian’ Shiraz – 95+Pts Winefront, 95Pts Halliday
2012 ‘The Blonde’ Shiraz Viognier – 95Pts Winefront, 95Pts Huon Hooke, Gold Medal Barossa
2012 ‘The Brunette’ – Trophy & Wine of Show Marananga, 95Pts Winefront, 96Pts Halliday, 95Pts Huon Hooke, Chairmans Trophy for Most Cellar-worthy Wine Barossa Wine Show, 2013 AFR Top 20 Wines of the Year
2012 ‘The Redhead’ Shiraz – 96Pts Winefront
2013 ‘Old Vine’ Grenache – 95Pts Winefront, Trophy Barossa Wine Show
2013 ‘Ancestor Vine’ Grenache – 96Pts Winefront, 96Pts Halliday, 96Pts Huone Hooke
2013 ‘The Contrarian’ Shiraz – 95Pts Winefront
2013 'The Blonde' Shiraz - 96Pts Halliday
2013 'The Brunette' Shiraz - 97Pts Halliday
2013 Marananga Wine Show Trophy Most Successful Exhibitor
2013 Barossa Wine Show Trophy Best Small Producer
2014 'Nouveau' - Trophy Marananga Wine Show
2014 ‘Old Vine’ Grenache – 95Pts Winefront
2014 ‘Ancestor Vine’ Grenache – 96Pts Winefront, 95Pts Huone Hooke
2014 'The Blonde' Shiraz - 95Pts Winefront
2014 'The Brunette' Shiraz - 93+Pts Winefront
2015 'Rose' - Trophy Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
Graduating from Sydney University in 1997 with a degree in Biochemistry, Alex entered the Wine Industry. After a trip through the major wine-growing vineyards of Europe, he immediately started working in fine-wine management, wholesale importing and an auction house to gain a broad understanding of the world of fine wine. He then worked vintages with the wineries he held in the highest regard; Tyrrells in the Hunter, Torbreck, Laughing Jack and Cirillo Estate in the Barossa Valley followed and in December of 2008 he gained a Producer's Licence and released his first wines to the public.
When I started out in the wine industry, I quickly fell in love with shiraz from the Barossa Valley, South Australia. However, it was the discovery of shiraz from Côte Rotie in France's Rhone Valley that would ultimately give me the inspiration to work as a winemaker.
Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.
James Arthur Baldwin
When I was finishing university and thinking about my career, a wise friend reminded me of the saying, "if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life". At that time, I didn't know that I had already started my love affair with wine and embarked on a journey that would lead to the beginning of Head Wines.
When a friend approached me about her own "passion project", short films about people who inspired her, I felt humbled. This film is about my journey so far; my love of the Barossa and Barossans and my dream to create great wine that can be shared at the dining table amongst friends, family and good food.